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On the borderlands of humanity

Radice, Henry (2015) On the borderlands of humanity. Euro Crisis in the Press (24 Apr 2015). Website.

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The current crisis in the Mediterranean reminds us of what should be an obvious truth, but is too frequently forgotten: the European Union (EU) is a humanitarian space or it is nothing. If there are any criteria according to which Europe as a political project deserves to succeed or fail, they surely lie in upholding the centrality of notions of humanity within politics, not least because the need for the EU stemmed from the ultimate example of inhumane politics three-quarters of a century ago. As such, the EU can congratulate itself on its ability to function today as a humanitarian space for most of its citizens, most of the time, but recognise that a persistent failure of humanity on its borders calls into question that achievement.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
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Additional Information: © 2015 The Author; Online
Divisions: International Development
Justice and Security Research Programme
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Sets: Departments > International Development
Research centres and groups > Justice and Security Research Consortium (JSRP)
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2016 15:54
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2020 23:11

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